A unique Montessori School idyllically situated on 5 secluded acres in McLean, VA


Our Mission for Montessori in McLean

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The Brooksfield School was founded in 1987 as a Montessori school dedicated to providing a loving, stimulating and creative environment with a focus on the arts. We strive to nurture the social, physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development of our students.

Background and Philosophy

fotosatBrooksfield was developed by founder Mary Anne Duffus with a collaboration of wonderfully talented colleagues to offer Montessori in McLean with a curriculum enhanced by the power of discovery through the arts and the great outdoors. In an effort to reach students on levels established within the classroom and beyond, the Brooksfield philosophy is rich in exciting adventures and opportunities to develop abilities such as the following:

  • Self-confidence

  • Independent thinking skills

  • Love of learning

  • Respect for oneself, others and the environment

  • Taking risks

  • Curiosity

  • Imagination

  • Observation and listening skills

We encourage children to be confident in who they are and who they are becoming. With the belief that we are all individuals with unique gifts and talents, we as educators have the joy of helping each child discover the sense of wonder that lies within. Everyday provides a range of opportunities for children to grow into their potential and to express themselves in a natural, spontaneous fashion. Brooksfield is founded on the belief that learning happens through the joys of mutual friendships, stimulating experiences and self-discovery.

Our Green Mission

Brooksfield School is committed to promoting sustainability in everything we do, from the classroom to the playground.  We aim to create healthy, eco-friendly learning environments for our children while instilling in them the importance of environmental stewardship.  We are taking a number of steps to reduce our schools environmental impact.  As we gain more knowledge and implement green practices, we will continue to share that knowledge with our students and their families.  Our goals in greening our school include:

  • Creating a culture of green in our everyday school life
    • Integrating eco-education into our regular curriculum
    • Involving the children in hands-on green learning experiences, such as composting and gardening
    • Incorpporating green practices into our daily school operations
  • Taking Steps to reduce waste, energy use, and water consumption
    • Implementing an effective and manageable recycling program
    • Integrating water-saving practices and/or technologies, including a rain barrel to reuse collected rain water
    • Adopting energy saving practices and, where applicable, instilling energy saving devices
  • Supporting a green supply chain
    • Using green materials and office supplies
    • Contracting with vendors that have environmentally sound practices whenever possible
  • Promoting eco-awareness beyond our front doors
    • Engaging with our surrounding community on environmental initiatives
    • Educating the school's families on ways that they can live greener
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